Tony Gollan has already passed the $6m prizemoney mark and his personal record is within sight with four months still left in the season.
Tony Gollan has already passed the $6m prizemoney mark and his personal record is within sight with four months still left in the season.

Fortunes rise: Trainer charging towards prizemoney milestone

Brisbane's premier trainer Tony Gollan is reaching milestones at such a rapid rate it is becoming hard to keep up.

Last week was another example as Krone's win in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic was Gollan's 70th black type winner.

In the same week Gollan's horses went past $6 million in earnings for the fifth time in a season with four months remaining.

It seems only a formality that Gollan will pass $8 million in prizemoney this season which would equal his best effort, which he reached last season.

He has trained 113 Queensland winners and won 68 metropolitan races in the 20-21 season to have his own records of 158 (state) and 108 (metropolitan) firmly in his sights.

Gollan has now trained 1433 career winners of about $50 million in prizemoney.

The amazing thing is almost all of Gollan's achievements have been earned in just nine seasons of racing and with a team half the size of the giant Sydney and Melbourne operations.

To put into perspective, Gollan is currently third on the Australian trainers premiership with 115 winners from 507 runners.

He is trailing Chris Waller who has 204 winners from 1435 runners and the Ciaron Maher-David Eustace partnership which has 147 winners from 886 runners.

Gollan was only 20 years old when took out a trainer's licence in 1999 but it wasn't until he moved to Brisbane from Toowoomba in 2012 that his career rocketed.

He has won the past seven Queensland metropolitan premierships and already has his eighth wrapped up.

 

Gollan realises there is a long way to go in his career and a lot more mountains to climb.

"I am still a long way off Bruce McLachlan's record of 16 Queensland metro premierships but you have to set yourself goals and look forward," he said.

All of which leads to the question of whether Gollan will move to Sydney or Melbourne in the near future?

"I get asked that often but I have no plans to move," Gollan said.

"I did have a short stint with a satellite stable in Sydney but if, and I emphasise the if, I ever went again it would be full-time."

"You can't take on those tough markets without being there all the time.

"But I like living in Brisbane and COVID restrictions aside it is easy to take horses south. Why would I move?"

Gollan will again be a force at the weekend with runners at Rosehill and Eagle Farm.

He has Jonker in the Group 1 The Galaxy and Isotope in the Group 2 Darby Munro at Rosehill.

"Like everyone I am watching the weather in Sydney," Gollan said.

"Both have done well since the Magic Millions and I expect them to race well."

 

Magic Millions Snippets winner Jonker will contest the Group 1 The Galaxy. Picture: Trackside Photography
Magic Millions Snippets winner Jonker will contest the Group 1 The Galaxy. Picture: Trackside Photography

Jonker won the Magic Millions Sprint while Isotope lost her rider in the Magic Millions Guineas in their last runs on January 16.

Gollan has accepted with three horses at Eagle Farm with veteran sprinter Invincible Al in the Open (1200m) probably his best chance.

Invincible Al, who is owned by a syndicate headed by Gollan's long time client Joe O'Neill, won his last start at Eagle Farm.

"I wanted to trial him on Tuesday but the trials were washed out," Gollan said.

"It will mean a month between runs but the race looks perfect for the old boy so he will be running."

"One thing is he handles Eagle Farm and a few others won't."

Originally published as Fortunes rise: Gollan charging towards prizemoney milestone


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